PRESLEY | COLLECTIBLES was saddened to hear of the death of Donna Summer today, aged just 63, after losing her battle with cancer.
The multi-Grammy award-winning singer died in Florida after a battle with cancer. A statement issued on behalf of her family paid tribute to the singer as “a woman of many gifts”. It read: “Early this morning, we lost Donna Summer Sudano, a woman of many gifts, the greatest being her faith. “While we grieve her passing, we are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy. “Words truly can’t express how much we appreciate your prayers and love for our family at this sensitive time.”
Sources say she had attempted to keep the extent of her illness from fans and was recently trying to finish up her latest album.
Summers, real name LaDonna Gaines, is best know for her string of 70s hits, including I Feel Love, Last Dance and Bad Girls. She was a five-time Grammy Award winner and the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the US Billboard chart. She also charted four number-one singles in the United States within a thirteen-month period.
Summers married actor Helmuth Sommer in 1973 before giving birth to the couple’s daughter Mimi later that year. Although the marriage crumbled in 1975, she kept an altered version of her ex’s surname to use as her stage name. She married Brooklyn Dreams musician Bruce Sudano in 1980 and the couple went on to have two daughters, Brooklyn, born in 1981 and Amanda the following year.